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Ubuntu is making some people antsy. Recall that this distro is a clever repackaging of Debian designed to make Linux simpler for the average person to use while still remaining free and fully open source (unlike some other Debian-based consumer distributions such as Linspire or Xandros). What's wrong with that, you say?
As a system administrator, one of your chief tasks is dealing with server security. If your server is connected to the Internet, for security purposes, it's in a war zone. If it's only an internal server, you still need to deal with (accidentally) malicious users, disgruntled employees and the guy in accounting who really wants to read the boss's secretary's e-mail.
Many users of the increasingly popular Ubuntu Linux distribution found themselves on Tuesday thrown back to mid-1990s, when a botched update to the graphical X Window subsystem brought them face-to-face with the command-line terminal.
After a short delay, Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) was released in June. Originally scheduled for mid-April, the developers decided to let the date slip six weeks to allow for concentrated bug fixing and some final polishing.
This is very good tutorial for bandwidth monitoring, network monitoring and servers monitoring tools with clear step by step installation guides. This includes Nagios, MRTG, RTG, Netmrg, Darkstat, monit, munin, mon, oreon, Saidar, Cacti, Bigsister, ibmonitor, and zabbix. This resource is very useful for Users and Administrators to monitor their networks, bandwidth, and servers.
When I made the switch to Ubuntu Linux on my desktop computer (that is, if you can call triple-booting Windows XP, Vista, and Ubuntu a "switch"), I was a little worried about finding the applications and tools that would make me as productive working in Ubuntu as I am working on Windows.
With little fanfare Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has introduced a new "commercial" repository to its list of update options and a number of new commercial applications are being added to this list. One of the first is Panda Software's DesktopSecure.
Recently I read an article lambasting or rather dissecting the role that Ubuntu has played in the Linux community and according to the author, it boils down to clever marketing. So as a long time Ubuntu user, I asked myself this very important question. Is the Ubuntu word over-hyped ?
Living in California's Silicon Valley has many benefits, not least of which is exposure to the "next big thing" on a near-daily basis. Yesterday, we discovered that Ubuntu Linux, not content to target first desktops and then servers, is now getting installed on billboards!
The Ubuntu team today released Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS, the first maintenance release of Dapper Drake. This release includes over 300 updates that have been applied to the OS since its original release on June 1.